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Parrotfish Protection 4 Inch Shorts

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The coral reef ecosystems that cover our globe provide essential food and habitat to over 25% of all marine life. The parrotfish is a common animal found among these ecosystems and are a crucial keystone species, responsible for cleaning the corals from harmful algae. The abundance of parrotfish can be related directly to the health of our coral reef ecosystems.

    1. Streamlined pockets on the side of both legs for your phone, wallet, snacks or sunscreen
    2. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick dry, moisture wicking and breathability
    3. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    4. 4' inseam with longer length in the back to flatter your curves while keeping you covered
    5. Tag-less, wide waistband for comfort, added security and fold over option
    6. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
    7. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
  • 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 12% spandex

UPF 50+ Sun Protection (Max Rating Achievable)

100% Fade-Proof From Chlorine, Sun & Saltwater

Anti-Microbial = Smell-Resistant

Fibers Mechanically Engineered For Quick-Dry & Moisture-Wicking

Made From Recycled Materials

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We lovingly prepare each one of our orders for its journey to you using the best packaging materials we can find with the least environmental impact.

Free returns + exchanges

Free within the U.S. International orders must pay return postage. Exchanges orders can be placed immediately with an instant credit.

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Advocate Apparel Inspired by the spotted parrotfish (cetoscarus ocellatus)

While parrotfish come in many amazing colors and patterns, this print is inspired by a male, terminal phase spotted parrotfish, native to the Indo-Pacific. Considered the most effective reef grazer, parrotfish serve an important function in maintaining the health of coral reefs. In fact, a 2014 IUCN report surveyed the health of Caribbean coral reefs from 1970-2012 and found that one of the most impactful actions we can take to restore the health of coral reef habitat is to protect parrotfish!

If that isn’t reason enough to love these bright and beautiful fish, an individual poops up to 200 lbs of sand a year, a critical source of sediment for beaches! For example, in Vakkaru Island in the Maldives, a 2015 study found that over 85% of their beach sand had been produced by parrotfish!

10% of profits from your purchase of this product are donated to Reef Relief

"Reef Relief is so grateful to expand our message of coral reef conservation through our partnership with Waterlust. They are an incredible company whose goals align with Reef Relief's to protect living coral. By purchasing items from the Parrotfish Protection Line you are giving back to Reef Relief's various educational programs and spreading awareness for coral reefs around the world."

Dora DeMaria. Education Director

Reef Relief

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Gwynne Comiskey (Reston, VA, US)
Third pair!

Love the design, fit, compression!

bev Kable (Sydney, NSW, AU)

larger sizes need longer legs

Shelsea Hodge-Bitton (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Just WOW

They always say never to wear anything new to a marathon but this just fit so beautifully! Got through 26.2 miles completely chafe free, cool & comfy. Honestly don’t know if I am ever gonna buy another brand of fitness clothes ever again. Not to mention the guilt free, eco friendly company!

Kelly Marquart (Clarksville, MD, US)

I received these as a much wanted gift. Unfortunately they came with the stitching coming undone. Also, while the shorts fit, they give the absolute worst camel toe. I am trying to get an exchange for a larger size (to hopefully correct the fit issue) without a defect, but it looks like I have to return the shorts and then repurchase which is super frustrating. I was assuming that since they are defective the process would have been quick and smooth. I am hoping that Waterlust will make this issue right and I can update my review.

Hi Kelly - SO sorry to hear you received a defective pair!! As you know via our emails, we're happy to help and hope we're resolving this for you to your satisfaction.

Danielle Wheeler (Albuquerque, NM, US)
Favorite pattern so far

I love these shorts and would definitely suggest them to a friend. Only thing is, I'd go up one size.

Jennifer Aist (Anchorage, AK, US)
Love them!

They fit beautifully--super smooth and soft fabric. Love the pockets. Will definitely be getting another pair.